Food Stamp fraud costs the American taxpayer $750 million annually. So far, corporate bailouts have cost taxpayers $4.76 TRILLION.
Another way to put this is: IT WILL TAKE 4760 YEARS FOR THE COST OF FOOD STAMP FRAUD TO MATCH WHAT HAS BEEN SPENT SO FAR ON WALLSTREET BAILOUTS!!!
BTW The maximum tab Americans could pay to help the disadvantaged millionaires and billionaires is 13.87 TRILLION DOLLARS.
I agree completely.
Here is another question I have. Considering how closely the Right holds the 10 Commandments (I mean, they want them posted on every government building in the country), and one of these comandments addresses honesty (the 7th or 8th - I think), how can they be so completely comfortable with the out right lies from thier leaders?
I do believe thier "holy" Bible talks a great deal about feeding the poor. I still don't get how they can be so against food stamps when the lengths thier own "Savior" talks about the rich and the need to feed the poor and hungary.
It is mind boggling. Just demonstrates that humans are masters of self-deception. I actually did the research myself on this one in response to my cousin's ongoing rants against the poor. I think I may dig a little deeper and see which is a greater overall drain on the middle class: the very poor or the very rich?
I agree, Troy. And when you DO have churches who are serious about taking care of the poor, they often won't let them eat until they've sat through a sermon and/or gone through the motions (at least) of accepting Christ as their savior. As an atheist, I find that problematic. Charity and kindness shouldn't have strings attached to them, in my opinion.
There is so very much written on why the poor and the lower classes hold political opinions or vote against their own self interest, but the problem is the poor and the lower working class are for the most part not reading that material. They are easily, and understandably, entertained with distraction. - Gary
Yep, it is all about misdirection. Keep em riled up about gays, immigrants, minorities. Apparently, folks are more attached to their own prejudices than their own families! Its really crazy
Many of us are not "easily, and understandably, entertained with distraction." Many of us are working too many hours at dead-end and/or underpaid jobs that leave little time to cruise the Internet looking for information and truth. We don't have the time or energy when our days are focused and working and caring for our children. We are occupied with worrying about how we're going to pay our rent or feed our kids. We're busy worrying about how we're going to afford to buy our kids the boots and coats they'll need for the coming winter. I know there are poor and working poor out there who are uninformed, but I'd posit that for most of them, they simply don't have the time or energy to do more than keep on keeping on. And I'm one of the lucky ones who has a parent who has actually bought my kids their winter gear and safe tires for my car when I haven't been able to afford those things myself...many more poor and working poor don't have family who can or will help them (gotta let them pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, don't you know?).
"Apparently, folks are more attached to their own prejudices than their own families!" I am far more attached to keeping my kids fed, clothed, and sheltered than my own prejudices. If you would like to talk about prejudices, please read the link I shared below. It's enlightening, and that author is far more eloquent than I am at expressing what I'm thinking.
Thought I'd share this related link: